Audio: The Third to Die by Allison Brennan @Allison_Brennan @GutierrezFortin @HarlequinAudio @HarperAudio #LoveAudiobooks

Posted February 21, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 12 Comments

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Audio: The Third to Die by Allison Brennan @Allison_Brennan @GutierrezFortin @HarlequinAudio @HarperAudio #LoveAudiobooksThe Third to Die by Allison Brennan
Narrator: Suzanne Gutierrez
Series: Quinn & Costa #1
Published by Harlequin Audio, HarperAudio on February 4, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Length: 11 hours, 52 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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An edgy female police detective....An ambitious FBI special agent....

Together they are at the heart of the ticking-clock investigation for a psychopathic serial killer. The bond they forge in this crucible sets the stage for high-stakes suspense.

Detective Kara Quinn, on leave from the LAPD, is on an early morning jog in her hometown of Liberty Lake when she comes upon the body of a young nurse. The manner of death shows a pattern of highly controlled rage.

Meanwhile in DC, FBI special agent Mathias Costa is staffing his newly minted Mobile Response Team. Word reaches Matt that the Liberty Lake murder fits the profile of the compulsive Triple Killer. It will be the first case for the MRT. This time they have a chance to stop this zealous, if elusive, killer before he strikes again. But only if they can figure out who he is and where he is hiding before he disappears for another three years. The stakes are higher than ever before, because if they fail, one of their own will be next....

I have been wanting to read this author for awhile, so when this new Quinn & Costa  series started it was a perfect opportunity. The mystery / thriller genre with a touch of romance is my jam right now too.

The Third to Die has the incredibly smart and capable, Kara Quinn, on leave from LAPD and back visiting her grandma near Spokane, Washington. She discovers a body while out on a run and is quickly sucked into the investigation with a new FBI team.  It is believed to be a serial killer who kills in sets of three.

Kara had a rough and unusual childhood, ended up with her grandma. Her history has led to some emotional choices, along with being undercover, so she does not form relationships.  She enjoys her independence and self reliance.  In her undercover work, she is used to playing a role, and finds it comfortable to be someone else. But who it she?

Matt is the leader of a new FBI team who travels the county to help out smaller local law enforcement on more complicated cases. He isn’t fully staffed but his chosen profiler, worked on this serial killer on his last round 3 years ago.  So it is easy for him to take the offered help of the competent Kara, who is bored with vacation.

The world-building and character development are excellent.  These feel like real people, even those who are only in one scene.  The excellent writing assists the world, the characters and the mystery plot.  I love a police case investigation.  This one is realistic with great efforts and strategy as well as dealing with the unexpected.

I really loved this. The pacing and suspense were handled well.  I highly recommend this one.  I am sad I don’t have information on when I can get the next one.   In the meantime, I plan to dig into the author’s other series.  I’m a big fan now.


This was my first chance to listen to Suzanne Guterriez Fortin.  I enjoyed her performance and feel it added to emotional response to the story.   The male voices have a nice, husky timbre. The female voices are more normal.  I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.

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About Allison Brennan

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Allison Brennan believes that life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year. Allison recently relocated from Northern California to Arizona with her husband and two youngest children.

Allison has penned more than three dozen thrillers and many short stories. COLD SNAP was a finalist for Best Thriller in the Thriller Awards (ITW) and FEAR NO EVIL (2007) and COMPULSION (2015) won the Daphne du Maurier award. Allison has been nominated multiple times for RWA’s Best Romantic Suspense award, and the Kiss of Death’s Daphne award. She currently writes the Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan thriller series, and is launching the Mobile Response Team series in February 2020.

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Posted February 21, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 12 Comments

12 responses to “Audio: The Third to Die by Allison Brennan

  1. As you know, I’ve been reading Brennan’s books in published order in anticipation of starting her Lucy Kincaid series since there’s so much character continuity leading up to those books. I will eventually get to this book and I’m so thrilled you loved it. Excellent review, Anne?

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  2. I love Allison Brennan’s writing, but Max Revere has been my favorite series by her. The audios are fantastic! I agree, Kara was awesome! Smart and badass and I can’t wait to see how she fits in with future installments.